Monday, March 17, 2014

Top Secret Blog Hop

Hi All,

I'm so excited to be taking part in the Top Secret Blog Hop hosted by Laura Kelly.  In this special blog hop extravaganza Laura asked designers to create in a specific color straight from the rainbow.  Can you guess which color I am?  Here's a hint: my color is traditionally regarded as a color on the visible spectrum, as well as one of the seven colors of the rainbow: the color between blue and violet.....Can you guess my color now?  I am Indigo.

The first recorded use of indigo as a color name in the English language was in the year 1289. There is something so magical about the color of indigo which has a mix of blues and violets embracing it. Indigo is a color which has many facades.  It can be romantic, mysterious, and mystical.  It can call on fairies, goths and bohemians.  Its vintage and modern all wrapped in one.

For the Top Secret Blog Hop all bloggers received a secret parcel filled with all items showcasing our color. My package contained: thread, floss, paint, paint marker, ice sprinkles and a jean pocket scrap. The challenge was to create something in your assigned color using some of the products in the parcel. After a few days of thinking I decided to up-cycle a discarded hard cover library book.  It contained an old mystery story.

-Jean/Denim pocket and scraps
-Discarded hard cover book, journal or drawing pad
-Large metal safety pins, Michaels Crafts Line
-Adhesive page flags, Michaels Crafts Line
-Paper stickers, Flora and Fauna, Brenda Walton for K & Company
-Acrylic paint, ink spot color, Folk Art Paint
-Glues: hot glue, sturdy craft glue
-Tools: scissors, hot glue gun
-Other: metal tags, metal flowers, tiny metal cabochons, rhinestone bow, rhinestone pieces, jewelry findings


1. Using the jean pocket scrap I covered my book's front cover and spine. hot glued in place.  It fit perfectly around the front. I then folded the uneven edges over the cover and onto the other side.

2. For the back cover I added left over jean scraps from my scrap bag and hot glued in place. I layered a cut piece of muslin fabric to the inside covers to finish it off.

3.  Now add decorative page tabs to the inside pages.

4. Tie a large ribbon around the center of the book, attach metal number tags to the ends.  These are the book marks.

5.  Embellish the cover of the book with large metal safety pins, paper stickers, tiny metal cabochons, rhinestone bow, rhinestones and metal flowers.

6. Enhance the book pages with ink spot color paint, ephemera, images and your fave mementos.


-Cover a blank journal or drawing pad and carry on your travels. Fill it with your adventures.
-Dye your jean scraps for more color choices.
-If you don't have jeans cover your book with fabric and make your own pockets.

This project was also inspired by a recent trip to NYC w/Laura where she surprised me with tickets to see Matilda. A story by Roald Dahl which was brought to life on the big stage. Its a story about a little girl who won't stop anything until she makes her dreams come true. She fights the odds and in the end her strong desire to BELIEVE in all the good things in life brings her the happiness she always wanted. While never losing her spirit along the way.


The colors of the set were Indigo, blue, violet and other magical colors. It was an exciting adventure and inspired me to continue on my own journey. This journal I created represents, friendship, love, and the magic of life. It will be filled with mementos that I acquire along my journey in creating a wonderful life.

I hope you enjoyed this project and visit all the bloggers who have taken part in this artistic rainbow of friendship and design.

Here are their links:

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Allie Gower said...

Beautiful album! Love all the great tips and tricks that you shared.

DogsMom said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful hop. I am so glad you are Indigo. It is one of my favorite colors and indeed mystical.
I live in blue jeans and adore books (am never without one or more) so your post today speaks directly to me!

Lisa Kettell said...

Thanks so much ladies! Sending you both lots of creative hugs :-))) xo

MrsMajor Hoff said...

You totally wowed me! What a wonderful altered project! I'm blown away!

MrsMajor Hoff said...

You totally wowed me! What a wonderful altered project! I'm blown away!